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♪ welcome back, everyone. yesterday, it marked a comeback of sorts for espn anchor hanna storm. >> she hosted the rose parade three weeks after a propane explosion set her on fire. abc's david muir talked with hannah about the accident and how she's feeling now.
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>> can you take us back to that night? you were grilling outdoors, as you would on a typical night, getting dinner ready for the family. >> i went outside to light a propane grill. i went out to check out and see how hot the grill was and the flames had been blown out. the cover of the grill was open so i assumed, logically, as i guess most people would be, that there wouldn't be any gas in the air. propane is heavier than air and in cold weather it sits on the grill and pools. inside and underneath the grill. so the second i relit the flame, after i had turned the gas off, i relit the flame and it was a wall of fire, a huge explosion. so much force that it blew the doors of the grill off. >> you said the explosion was so loud, a neighbor thought a tree had come through their house? >> a neighbor clear across the street thought that a tree had fallen through his roof. that's how loud the explosion was. and it happened in a split second. and immediately i was on fire.
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so my hair was on fire. my chest and the whole top of my shirt was on fire. i didn't know what to do other than i'm left-handed, reach and just get the shirt off of me as quickly as possible. so that's why my hand is so badly damaged. i yelled inside to my 15-year-old daughter, who was in the kitchen, mommy's on fire. you have to call 911. >> and she came outside, i know she was one of the people who was with you every step of the way. >> i told her i was on fire. i asked her to call 911. like all teenagers, she picks up her cell phone and calls 911. >> i know you went to the hospital and it wasn't until the next day you had a chance to see yourself. >> right. the skin was burned. there were red flame marks up my neck. you can tell where the flames had, you know, been licking up on my -- on my neck, and i was very disfigured and, you know, without hair, eye lashes, eyebrows.
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it was a sight to behold. >> you look as beautiful as ever, but i know this was a tough road and you had a whole team that helped you get ready for this broadcast. >> i had the access to -- i spent an hour in hair and makeup this morning. i have on false eyelashes. this is all fake hair. when the makeup artist brushed an eyebrow on me, i almost stood up and kissed her this morning. but it is a long, hard road for burn victims. i was by far the most fortunate person in my burn unit. >> i wanted to go back to the grill. you mentioned that you had turned the propane off, which would sound to me like anyone should do. so what more could you have done to have prevented it? >> if your grill has been lit, but the igniter did not light for a period of time, the chances are very good that there is still a lot of propane still sitting in the area.
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so just turning it off and relighting your grill isn't sufficient. you have to wait a long period of time for all of that propane to dissipate before you would try to reignite your grill. >> you've been amazing in turning this into a blessing and how well you've recovered and you have a whole new year ahead of you. >> thanks. and happy new year to you, david. >> her first assignment since that accident december 11th. she said she wants to return to "sportscenter" on sunday. this is like the first step towards the next step. >> she's always been a remarkable lady in my opinion. three weeks and she's back working and smiling and telling the story. what a tough lady. >> an important lesson for any of us that have a propane tank. >> for all of us guys sharing our propane tank stories. nothing quite like that. i guess everybody's got one. >> it does frighten me. something very bad could go wrong. that's why we have a charcoal grill. >> you forget -- the cover is down and then the flame goes out and you forget all that gas is underneath the cover. you light it and you get blown
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back. nothing quite that bad but it's a very good point. you have to let it dissipate. turning it off is not enough. >> heavier than air. good lesson for everybody. thankfully she was able to walk away with, you know -- with -- i don't want to say minor injuries but -- >> she'll recover. >> nonlife-threatening injuries. so kudos to her. still ahead, there's a group in coney island that you might want to meet. >> they took their traditional polar bear plunge. but this year they did it with a new sense of purpose. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ a lot of people were cold as ice after this next story. we see this every year, those
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really crazy swimmers who, despite the freezing temperatures, insist on stripping down and jumping into the nearest body of frigid water. >> never understood this, but yesterday in coney island, one group did it very good reason. here's matt cotar from wnbc. ♪ it's a brand new year >> reporter: if you didn't know it was new year's, you might think it was halloween if you were on the coney island boardwalk. >> unbelievable experience. >> reporter: popeye, cleopatra and this guy are here to plunge into the atlantic, part of the coney island polar bear club. but this year's annual new year's day swim takes on a special significance after superstorm sandy badly damaged coney island and its famous boardwalk. money raised from the swim will go to a nonprofit called coney recovers. >> what we're aiming to do with the funds raised today in partnership with the polar bear club is help out not for profits in the area. >> reporter: as for these arctic
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athletes, each has their own strategy for diving into the frigid waters. >> you've got to run in place to get warmed up, and we like to love and hug and kiss and get all warm and fuzzy and then we jump right in. >> reporter: after a few minutes of psychological gamesmanship, it's time. this army of self-proclaimed polar bears runs towards its nemesis, the ocean. >> it's a lot better if you dunk your head in really fast. it's like ripping a band-aid off. >> reporter: another year, another plunge. >> every day is a new year. yeah! >> reporter: in coney island, matt cozar, channel 7, eyewitness news. >> he wins the best outfit. dressed up like a scottish bagpiper. >> now the polar bear club, it's the oldest winter bathing organization in the u.s. they swim in the atlantic every sunday from november through april. >> that guy said it best. it's like ripping off a
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. ♪ that is a live picture of times square. quite a different scene from -- >> 24 hours ago. >> yes. >> loaded with confetti. >> they do a great job cleaning it up, don't they? >> they clean that thing up so fast. they clean it up in a matter of hours. >> it is amazing. much different scene there. much different scene here, as well. we had hats and all of our gear on. we had nonalcoholic champagne. we should clarify. >> we had the good kind afterwards. at least that's our story and we're sticking to it. >> we all do it. we make new year's resolutions that we keep for the month of january and we're done.
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>> it takes a lot of will power and support to make it happen. but believe it or not, some people are betting against you. here's abc's matt gutman. >> three, two, one. happy new year! >> reporter: no sooner had the new year's ball dropped and up popped jessica simpson. one of is very first ads of the new year. >> because when a weight loss program is built for human nature, you can expect amazing. >> reporter: our resolutions, more personal. about 40% of americans make these promises. >> i was going to try to be nicer to my brother. >> not complaining as much. >> take more risks in life. >> reporter: by some accounts, a third of these promises are broken before the end of january. not so amazing. the perennial top two resolutions are increasing exercise and decreasing your weight. it's a $66 billion industry. do they continue with the programs they start? >> there are some people that do, but there's a group that's consistently inconsistent. >> reporter: market analysts show that gym memberships peak in january and by march, they
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plummet. in fact, one study shows 80% of new members become no members after just eight weeks. >> it's a lifestyle change. i hope i can make it. >> reporter: to succeed at the gym and beyond, experts say keep the resolutions small, and think about keeping them to yourself. because the satisfaction you get from that new year's day announcement to friends and family could sap your motivation. do you have any resolutions this year? >> no, not to make any. >> reporter: probably sound advice. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> looks like i'm pretty unimaginative. i'm trying to eat better and drop a few i've gained over the holidays. >> i just want to spend more time in the fun in the sun with the palm trees. >> it's a drag to go to the gym you normally go to in january and it's triple the amount of people there. >> that's why i don't go. you don't have to worry about seeing me there. >> all year you don't go?
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this morning on "world news now," bungee bounce-back from the fiscal cliff. the house passes the senate's fiscal deal and sends it to the president. >> the final late night vote came after months of drama and debate and some last-minute doubts. it is wednesday, january 2nd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller. rob nelson has the morning off. >> and i'm paula faris. and finally, the country has a fiscal deal in place. but both sides came out bruised. we'll have the latest from washington in a moment and why this is just the beginning of the debate. >> this is not going away for a long time. also this half hour, day four in the hospital for hillary clinton. we'll have an update on the secretary of state's condition. and then a parade of love. one family's new year's surprise
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at the tournament of roses parade that is now our favorite story of the day. and later, the new year beginning with a bang for hugh hefner, no pun intended. >> did you write that? >> the 86-year-old just married his 26-year-old girlfriend. do the math, everybody, that's 60 years. >> oh, brother. >> the secrets of the ceremony coming up in "the skinny." i just can't -- ewww. >> what are you going to say about that? >> i don't know. it's love, right? >> that's what they claim. all right. let's talk about the fiscal cliff. but first, taking the country right to the brink over the fiscal cliff. congress has passed a deal to prevent steep tax hikes for most americans. >> a late-night vote in the house means that part of the fiscal crisis has been averted. but there's new trouble down the road. abc's karen travers watching it all in washington. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, paula. good morning, john. it wasn't pretty. neither party got what they wanted, and they didn't even get
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it done in time. but last night congress sent president obama a deal on the fiscal cliff. after months of drama and some tense last-minute negotiations, congress finally passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. after the vote, a rare late-night statement from president obama. >> under this law, more than 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up. >> reporter: lawmakers completely blew their deadline. they didn't get the grand bargain both parties claimed was their ultimate goal. both democrats and republicans gave themselves credit for getting something done. >> this is a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. this is a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: there was considerable hand ringing among republicans about a lack of spending cuts. some wanted to add them in, but ultimately there weren't enough votes to get it passed. this fiscal cliff deal, which
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passed the senate with overwhelming bipartisan support would extend tax cuts for all workers earning less than $400,000 a year, prevent a tax hike on estates valued at less than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits that were set to expire yesterday for some 2 million people. since congress missed the january 1st midnight deadline, technically the country did go over that fiscal cliff. but by passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> so basically they just worked out the tax code here. they've got the spending cuts coming up in the next couple of months. but republicans in the house didn't really like it. they voted just about 2-1 against it. but this gives them a little leverage coming up when they start negotiating for the spending cuts. i thought it was interesting,
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two that did vote for it, the speaker of the house, john boehner, and former vice presidential candidate paul ryan voted for the bill. against it, marco rubio. so that sets up a nice dynamic for 2016. >> no doubt about it. to put it very simple, they kicked the can down the road a little bit. we're going to catch back up with it and deal with it again. >> one other quick note, i think everybody will take a little bit of a hit because the expiration of the payroll tax cut. that's going to have a little bit of an impact on middle class families that earn $50,000 to $75,000 a year. $75,000 they would see their rate rise 1.3% to 17.1. so because of the expiration of that, might see a little bit of a difference in your pay. let's talk about another big story. students from sandy hook elementary getting ready to head back to class tomorrow for the first time since that shooting nearly three weeks ago. families have already been dropping by the new school.
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an open house is scheduled for today. experts say parents are probably more worried about the return to school than the students are. an offshore oil rig has run aground off the alaskan coast. the rig owned by shell. it broke away from a tow ship during a powerful storm monday night. the entire crew was evacuated safely before it washed up on the rocky shoreline. rocky we should stress there. but the rig was carrying more than 150,000 gallons of diesel and other petroleum products. so far, thankfully, no signs of a spill despite washing up on that rocky ground. >> wow. secretary of state clinton spending a fourth day in the hospital as doctors treat a blood clot near her brain. former president clinton and their daughter chelsea have been at her bedside. it's not clear when clinton will be released or how much down time she will need to recover or even whether she will consider retiring. >> she deserves a year off to reassess, to get healthy, and to think seriously about a possibility of a run. >> now the secretary is reportedly in good spirits, engaging with doctors, her staff
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and her husband. there's nobody tougher. if anybody can lick this thing, it's her. >> 65 years old and everybody speculating 2016. but you have to wonder, the most traveled secretary of state in history, you have to wonder if this puts things in perspective for her. is her health -- >> she's been saying a long time she wants time off. she's ready to step back. so, yeah, she felt it. >> she had a blood clot, i don't know, was it 15 years ago? so this isn't the first time she's had this situation. i think for her, it's going to make her think about it. >> she deserves a break. maybe replenish that well and who knows? could be in 2016. now to a major study about the risk of carrying a few extra pounds in the new year. researchers found people slightly overweight had less risk of dying than people of average weight. they found other factors like high cholesterol were far more important in predicting death
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than weight alone. the findings were true for those only slightly overweight, not those deemed obese. to a developing story from los angeles. the photographer trying to shoot pictures of justin bieber's ferrari was hit by another car and killed last night. the singer was not driving the car at the time. it's not clear who was. the ferrari was pulled over for a traffic stop. the photographer tried to get that shot when he was struck by an oncoming car and killed. the nation's first known legal recreational pot club has already shut its doors. white horse inn in southern colorado town closed yesterday because of a landlord dispute. colorado voters in november legalized use and limited possession of marijuana. the measure bans public consumption but doesn't prevent members-only groups smoking. >> the interesting thing about marijuana is it's more fun because the government says don't do it. just like anything. the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest. but it's larger than marijuana. this is about basic freedom. >> the landlord of the pot club
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didn't like all the publicity it was generating. >> so the landlord smoked them out? >> there you go. here's your wednesday weather. light snow from the dakotas to the great lakes, including duluth, des moines and chicago. showers and thunderstorms from southern texas to jacksonville, savannah and charleston, south carolina. the coldest morning of the season is in the northeast. >> lucky northeast. new york and boston, doesn't even warm up to the freezing mark. mostly 20s from detroit to fargo. 30s in the pacific northwest. much of the world watched as the ball dropped in times square. partygoers in key west rang in their new year with their eyes peeled on something almost as dazzling. >> thousands of people gathering in the florida resort to watch the annual shoe drop. it's a flashy drag queen named sushi lowered to the street in a giant red stiletto. sushi has been starring in the shoe drop since 1996. she makes a special dress each year which isn't revealed until
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the countdown. everybody has their traditions. >> ever been to key west? it's a hoot. >> she looks like a lime. >> like a key lime. that's the color she's going for. >> you been to key west? >> many times. >> a fun place to be. coming up next, our favorite story of the day. >> the amazing surprise for a soldier's family in front of a national audience. if you saw this, it's worth seeing again. if you haven't seen it, make sure you stick around, coming up on "world news now." the truth about mascara is... it clumps.
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♪ baby, what a big surprise right before my very eyes ♪ you're digging the chicago, i know you secretly are. >> i have like all their albums. a moving moment at the tournament of roses parade. >> a soldier home from afghanistan stopped the parade with a surprise that had the crowd cheering. this one is our favorite story of the day. and abc's david muir has the amazing reunion. >> reporter: merriam pazz and her 4-year-old son eric had flown from germany back home to the states to california. mom and son living in germany while dad is deployed in afghanistan.
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they thought they had won contest to come home, and the prize, a trip to the rose parade. >> what did you have to do to win? >> my husband entered his name, i guess. i just got a call letting me know that we won. >> he's a soldier stationed in afghanistan? >> yes, he's in afghanistan right now. >> reporter: or so she thought. her husband, sergeant first class eric pazz, was right there at the parade, on the float, proudly wearing his uniform. making his way toward them. as mom and her 4-year-old son were posing for a picture, they then turn around and that 4-year-old looks up, making his way right over to the arms of his father. >> it was a really great experience. the first thing i thought is i hope she's not going to slap me for lying to her. and seeing our son's face and how he reacted, you know, i was really caught up in the moment. >> reporter: a family together again. just in time for the new year. they hadn't seen each other in seven months. david muir, abc news, new york. >> i can't get enough of these stories.
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>> the amount of planning. they said this was in the works for like six months. the little boy looked up at his dad and says, does this mean you're back for good? he said we'll discuss it later. he's actually returning to afghanistan later this week. >> that boy looked so happy. it's not easy to make a 4-year-old smile for that long. he was just thrilled. when they rode away on that float, he was still smiling. >> a fantastic surprise. they did a great job coordinating all that. always brings a tear to your face. >> no doubt about it. when we come back, we're going to see what's in "the skinny." >> you're watching "world news now."
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> skinny is in the house. and this is a story that i think every man will appreciate. but at least it gives me a little bit of a creep factor. >> this creeps me out, too. >> hugh hefner, he's 86 years old, married his fiance, 26-year-old crystal harris. they got married on new year's eve. >> he's doing his thing. >> he's doing his thing, but it's a creepy thing. 60-year-old age difference. how old are you, willis? >> old enough to do my thing. >> old enough to do your thing?
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>> willis likes the idea big time. thumbs up for willis. >> if you're 60 years old, your wife is just born basically. let's put that in perspective. but instead of having the 300 guest blowout they planned in 2011 and she pulled the plug, because she had cold feet, they only had about two dozen guests. he tweeted, crystal and i married on new year's eve. with keith as my best man. i love that girl. she changed her name on twitter to crystal hefner. she explained after they reconciled in june why they got back together. she said i moved into the mansion when i was young, i was 21 or 22. i needed to explore and take the time away and it made me realize where i'm meant to be is here with hef. it's her first marriage and his third. what will last longer, the marriage or do you think he's going to kick the bucket? >> i was wondering the same thing. >> willis loves it. willis is all about it. >> willis, what can you do at 86 years old? willis is the man. how about this one? adam lambert, "les mis" the movie.
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a lot of people really like what they saw. adam lambert from "american idol" saying that he was not impressed with a lot of the singing and some of his tweets basically say to the effect, it's an opera. hollywood's movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. what else did he say? he said, visually impressive with great performances, but the score suffered with great actors pretending to be singers. lambert is a great singer, but from what i've heard from the people who have seen it is one of the things that made this charming is the fact that the singers weren't like real slick professionals. they sort of had a real quality that a lot of viewers liked. adam wasn't impressed. >> he wasn't impressed but he said in fairness, i don't mean to be extremely negative, but i grew up with this musical so my expectations are quite high. i understand from his perspective. but for the average viewer, the average fan that goes to see this, we appreciate it because we know that, you know, hugh
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jackman and ann hathaway, it's their vocals. >> isn't russell crowe in this? >> he is. >> that's what surprised me. i don't know how he sounded, but if russell crowe sang anywhere near on key, i'd be charmed. >> we'll go see it. not together. >> not together? >> maybe a double date. >> we can do something like that, sure. so lady gaga is going on tour. she's beginning her tour january 11th in vancouver, and she's going to hit some big cities. but she's also going to offer free health counseling and mental health care because she's a big advocate of anti-bullying. there's the bus right there, says born to be brave. it will be free. there will be food and games. it's access to professional, private or group mental health. she says, i feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed, so they're going to break the stigmas around help and make it fun. she says it's going to be a fun tailgating experience for her monsters to unite.
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again, her tour begins january 11th. but the born this way tour and that's the born brave bus that you just saw. >> the born brave bus, there you go. rihanna and chris brown, controversial for sure. they woke up in a new bed together. they let everyone know that they were together. they had some good morning pictures from rihanna. still haven't slept, lol. she had that picture of her polka dot comforter. that's the key piece of evidence there. it's the same polka dot comforter that chris brown sent a tweet from and he said, good morning. so put two and two together and figure out it's the same comforter. >> two and two makes four. and another tattoo for justin bieber makes nine. he debuted a new -- his newest artwork. it's on his left leg and it's
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♪ happy anniversary happy anniversary happy anniversary happy anniversary ♪ a very special day here at "world news now." our esteemed colleague's one-year anniversary on the show. congratulations, paula. >> i can't believe -- >> one year of no sleep. >> one year of no sleep. >> and you're still alive. >> so you're going to have a chance to see what i looked like when i was sleeping about a year ago and see all my many different hairdos. it's been a great year filled with a lot of highs and a lot of love. >> welcome. so great to have you. >> thank you. >> we're going to have some fun. >> that's right. that's what it's all about. >> ready to rock? >> cheers. >> hi. ♪ from chicago, now she's here
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♪ our new "world news now" is here ♪ ♪ it's the paula polka >> you've been doing that for weeks. that is not it. >> it's a hump. >> can't you just respect my hump. >> i'm a professional eater. ♪ >> come on. >> i'll take a bite. >> you've got to wrap your mouth around that. >> thank you so much. >> now here's a soft shell. >> i think we should make a double decker and eat them both. >> i've already had a few. excuse me. [ belching ] ♪ i hate myself for loving you >> oh, paula faris. >> i actually love myself for loving you. rob and i lived a little bit of our youth, getting into the prom spirit. >> believe it or not, that is
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paula wearing her actual prom dress. that is my god-awful dancing. >> it was bad. you saw i ripped a seam and had to use orange gapper tape just to get it on. >> a beautiful couple. a beautiful photo. reliving some good memories. and some wonderful hairstyles on top of that. >> congratulations, paula. one year. bring it on out. >> we established that i liked to eat food. >> yeah, we established that. i think we have some for you, too. >> rob is a lucky guy. >> what would a party be without some more food, right? >> bring it on in. >> come on in, you guys. that's so sweet. did you make this for me? >> i did, in my kitchen. with the help of these guys. >> i just want to say thank you. it's been a wonderful year. so memorable. i've grown. i've learned. i've gained a little weight. my hair's shorter. it's longer. and i love all of you. >> love you too, paula. >> thank you, guys.
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this morning on "world news now," fiscal finale. the standoff over a fiscal cliff deal finally ends with a late-night house vote. >> but the measure that president obama will sign tips the stage for a new fiscal showdown, maybe in a matter of weeks. it's wednesday, january 2nd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good wednesday morning, everybody, on this second day of 2013. i'm paula faris. >> your one-year anniversary, congratulations, on the show. >> it's been a great year. i slept fantastically last year. >> you're being sarcastic now. >> totally. >> picked up on that one quick. and i'm rob nelson. there already seems to be plenty to complain about on the new fiscal deal.
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details on that coming up. and coming up, a new year's surprise from north korea. the secretive leader decides to use the start of 2013 to speak out. also, some comforting news for people who packed on a few extra pounds. myself included. why being a little overweight could actually mean a longer life. and we should stress a little. we're not talking about -- >> like those who think wine is good and then start chucking two bottles. >> everything in moderation. later, for those who nursed a nasty hangover, a doctor who says he's come up with a way to prevent those pounding headaches. >> didn't we recently do something about asparagus? >> i know it makes something smell bad. you know what i'm talking about? >> your tinky. >> yeah, that stuff. but first, it's a done deal in washington. those hours spent on the fiscal cliff are in the rear-view mirror. congress finally reached an agreement. >> the house sealed a deal with a late-night vote and president obama had something to say
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before leaving town for hawaii. abc's karen travers tracking it all in washington. good morning, karen. >> good morning, paula. good morning, john. it wasn't pretty. neither party got what they wanted, and they department even get it done on time. but last night, congress sent president obama a deal on the fiscal cliff. after months of drama and some tense last-minute negotiations, congress finally passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. after the vote, a rare late-night statement from president obama. >> this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody. >> reporter: lawmakers completely blew their deadline. they didn't get the grand bargain that both parties claimed was their ultimate goal. both democrats and republicans gave themselves credit for getting something done. >> this is a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. this is a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: there was considerable hand ringing among republicans about a lack of
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spending cuts. some wanted to add them in, but ultimately there just weren't enough votes to get it passed. this fiscal cliff deal which passed the senate with overwhelming bipartisan support would extend tax cuts for all workers earning less than $400,000 a year, prevent a tax hike on estates valued at less than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits set to expire yesterday for some 2 million people. since congress missed the january 1st midnight deadline, technically the country did go over the fiscal cliff. but by passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with the automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> so the news is good, but there's plenty more of this drama where it came from. >> yeah, there's not a lot of closure.
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they dealt with tax rates, now they have to deal with massive spending cuts. just to clarify, the president went from raising tax rates on the top 2% to the top 0.7% of the population. so those individuals making $400,000 or more. and it's important to note that because the payroll tax cut expired, about 77% of americans, you're still going to see a slight increase, a very minor increase in taxes. >> and the spending cuts up next. we'll wait for that battle to commence. >> and two interesting yes votes. speaker of the house john boehner and former president -- vice presidential candidate paul ryan, both voted yes for this. voting no was marco rubio. maybe a little potential showdown between rubio and ryan in 2016. >> never going away. >> no, never. we'll be talking about it until 2016. in san francisco, a suspect speeding away from police claimed the lives of two people. the man broadsided a white toyota. you can see it here, crashing
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through a convenience store, narrowly missing an employee. the passenger in the toyota was killed, as well as a pedestrian it struck. the driver is fighting for his life, and the suspect just suffered minor injuries. secretary of state clinton spent the first day of the new year still in a new york city hospital. this will be her fourth day there while doctors treat a blood clot in her head. former president clinton and their daughter chelsea have been at her bedside. here's abc's sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: chelsea clinton leaving the hospital where her mother will spend a third night. later, optimistically tweeting, thank you all for sending good thoughts my mom's way. grateful to all her doctors and that she'll make a full recovery. but it's clearly a serious setback for the secretary. it's been three weeks since she was last seen in public, overseas where she picked up a bad stomach virus. days later at her home, she fainted and got a concussion,
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grounding the normally globe-trotting secretary. clinton has traveled to 112 countries, logged nearly a million miles and spent the equivalent of an entire year of her life on a plane. recently telling barbara walters she was eager to step down as secretary of state. >> why are you leaving? >> i've been, as you know, at the highest levels of american and now international activities for 20 years. i just thought it was time to take a step off. i wanted to take some time and just really collect myself. >> are you exhausted? >> i am. >> reporter: clinton told "the new york times" she was looking forward to sleeping, exercise and relaxing, watching hgtv. still, those who have watched her for decades, from first lady to candidate to the most traveled secretary of state ever, wonder if that's in her dna. >> is a quiet retirement really in the future of hillary clinton? >> it seems out of character, certainly. she deserves a year off to reassess, to get healthy, and to think seriously about a
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possibility of a run. >> reporter: the secretary is reportedly in good spirits, engaging with doctors, staff and her husband, former president bill clinton, who has been by her side. but it's unclear when she'll leave the hospital. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. a major new medical study finds a few extra pounds might be okay. researchers found that people who were slightly overweight had less risk of dying than people of average weight. they found other factors like high cholesterol were far more important in predicting death than weight alone. the finding was true for those only slightly overweight, not morbidly obese. >> let's repeat that one more time. so if you are a little overweight, not so bad. but all those benefit goes out the window if you have a lot of extra pounds. >> you have to look at the other risk factors, including cholesterol, which i'm teetering at because of my love of bacon. >> really? >> i love bacon, too, but so far so good on the cholesterol
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front. extra fat with extra muscle, overall, piling on the pounds and becoming more than slightly obese it remains dangerous, ladies and gentlemen. >> fair enough. >> just take our word for it. >> that's elementary. gunman in northwest pakistan ambushed a van and killed five pakistani teachers and two health workers. all but one of them women. they were working for a private pakistani aid group who was targeted for their anti-polio work. militants have accused them of spying for the u.s., and extremists have launched attacks in opposition to female education. a new year's celebration came to an end in the west african nation of ivory coast. more than 60 people were killed in a stampede after a fireworks show and 200 others hurt. many were children and teenagers. thousands of revelers were leaving a stadium when the crowd surged forward, crushing dozens of people. police are still trying to determine what set off that stampede.
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and there is new legal action in the wake of the jerry sandusky scandal at penn state. the governor there says he intends to sue the ncaa over sanctions that it slapped on the school. those sanctions include a $60 million fine which finances a national campaign against child abuse. apparently some pennsylvania politicians don't like state taxpayer money going to other states. they think that should stay within pennsylvania. new evidence has surfaced from the nation's most famous family feud. excavators in kentucky have found bullets and fragments believed to be from a key battle between the hatfields and mccoys. two members of the mccoy family were gunned down on new year's day in 1888. bullets found believed to have been fired from the mccoys in self-defense. it's such a story that you forget that this really was a feud. >> yeah, a long time ago. >> yeah, a long time ago. >> fascinating new findings. here is your wednesday weather. showers and thunderstorms along the gulf coast from corpus
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christi to the florida panhandle also into georgia and south carolina. a bitter cold morning in the northeast, hovering in the teens and 20s. light snow in the dakotas and upper midwest. >> 20s in fargo. twin cities and detroit. miami up to 80. 40s from dallas to new orleans. 50s from phoenix to sacramento. so if working out is not among your new year's resolutions -- not here. been there, done that. so here are 101 reasons to add it to your list. >> meet exercise enthusiast gert rude of boca raton, florida. believe it or not, she's 101 years old. still hits the gym about every day, spending 30 minutes on the bike before heading on to the treadmill. then there's some power walking after lunch. gert rude said she's been doing it all her life. >> i had three bicycles. i was always on a bicycle, shopping, and everything. >> an active lifestyle. i love it. gert rude's much younger
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caretaker says she has trouble keeping up with her. in addition to exercising and eating right, she also likes to dance, meet new people and hit the bars. i love it. she's just going to go on a rager. she turns 102 this summer. >> she's remarkable. >> the question after we brought this up in our meeting was whether or not she's worked an overnight shift. >> yeah, right. i think it's bad for your health. >> then you start aging in dog years. good for her, though. go have a beer gertrude, or two. coming up, there's a patch for pain, one to quit smoking. and now one man claims there's one to prevent hangovers. we're going to tell you all about it. >> i'm wearing it now by the way. but first, an elusive world leader emerges with a message. you're watching "world news now." every time someone chooses finish over cascade,
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and welcome back, everyone. there's been a surprising appearance from a reclusive public leader. >> north korean leader kim jong-un, who took over for his father, is rarely seen or heard from. but yesterday that changed. abc's akiko fujita has the story. >> reporter: the new year came with expected fanfare in reclusive north korea. but in a rare speech, we heard the young north korean leader's voice with a different message. this year, the entire korean nation should turn out a nationwide patriotic struggle for reunification, kim jong-un said. >> he's sent various signals he's going to move his country in a new and different direction. this new year's speech was the
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first step in that direction. >> reporter: on the streets of pyongyang, residents praised the first new year's address in nearly 20 years. kim jong-un's father shunned the public, speaking just once in his 17-year rule. pyongyang has gone to great lengths to project a modern, more outgoing image of their leader. seen here visiting an amusement park with his young wife by his side. >> he knows far more about the outside world than his grandfather or his father. and that brings a completely new dimension to north korean leadership. >> reporter: but he's shown the same defiance as his father, launching a long-range missile last month. and he's shown no intention of abandoning pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. analysts say this was a speech addressed directly to the u.s. and south korea's new leader. and with that successful rocket
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launch, kim knows he has a bigger hand at the bargaining table. akiko fujita, abc news, new york. >> just the fact that he's addressing his people gives them a legitimate reason to embrace them. he did say he wants to work on the poverty, the extreme poverty that north korea has right now. >> you certainly hope that he actually means what he says. a lot of people skeptical, obviously. >> but very savvy socially. still ahead, if you were like a lot of folks, you may have woken up yesterday morning with a bit of a hangover. >> forget the greasy food, although that's good. there may be one to prevent one all together. and, no, it's not total sobriety. >> got to have the greasy food.
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welcome back. judging by the number of people stumbling around new york city and the country in the wee hours
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of the morning yesterday, well, there were a lot of folks in need of an aspirin when they woke up. >> it wasn't me. i was here. you saw it. most people have a sure fire way to cure a hangover. mcdonald's, water, even a bloody mary. now there may be a way to prevent them completely. abc's linsey davis has more. >> reporter: waking up to a nasty bout of nausea, a blinding headache. hopefully nothing like what the guys in "the hangover" experienced. >> what the [ bleep ] happened last night. >> hey, phil. >> am i missing a tooth? >> reporter: while no one argues excessive drinking can be harmful, some think the only sure cure for a hangover is time. and then there's dr. leonard grossman. >> once you have the hangover, you're done. there's at least four hours of your life that's just lost. >> reporter: he says he's created a way to prevent hangovers without vinegar, pickles or raw eggs.
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it's called bitox and he says it does what patches do for motion sickness. he says it's like being attached to an i.v., continuously infusing vitamins into the blood stream. >> alcohol is a diuretic. the kidneys go into overdrive and you're washing out everything that's water soluble. >> reporter: he created the patch with alex, who suffered a hangover so awful, he had to call on his family friend dr. grossman for help. >> he administered an i.v. full of vitamins, and within ten minutes i felt great. >> reporter: so the headache, the nausea, the dizziness. i sound like i know firsthand. but if i've had maybe three drinks the night before, i'm going to wake up the next morning and feel great? >> absolutely. >> reporter: hangover remedies have been around for as long as booze. coffee, honey, greasy foods, hair of the dog, and now there's blowfish. no, not the poisonous puffer fish.
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a new over-the-counter drug that promises to upright your hangover. not with fins, but with fizz. bitoxin blowfish are just two of the growing anti-hangover products tried and tested by researchers who turned themselves into lab rats. >> i had at least 12 shots of tequila. >> reporter: admittedly the typical scientific protocols for testing didn't apply. >> i was surprised how great i felt. >> reporter: but the authors of a 2005 study in the british medical journal found no convincing evidence that any conventional remedies can cure a hangover. and dr. grossman doesn't exactly dispute that. >> it's not a cure, only a prevention. >> reporter: linsey davis in new york. >> i don't know. i wish. >> if it works, though, i'm buying stock in the company. >> if it even helps a little bit. >> we want you to weigh in.
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bothers me. >> litigious they call it. >> just everybody pipe down and go on the bumper cars, just be forewarned. >> you might get bumped. e.l. james' erotic romance best seller "50 shades of grey," >> nothat you ever read that. >> i have not read the trilogy. i haven't read one of them. >> not even a few pages to get to the good stuff? >> i think i need to just to actually cover this because we talk about it all the time. well, it's going to be taught in a classroom at american university in d.c. a professor is adopting the book into the classroom. it's going to be called contemporary american culture, the 50 shades trilogy. 25 students starting in january. she said this isn't going to be a sex shop book club. they're not going to be discussing personal preferences or doing dramatic readings which would be find of kind of interesting. >> what if you fail that class? what does that say about you?
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>> it's actually pretty legitimate. they're going to talk about female sexuality, domestic violence. shockingly enough, there's already a waiting list of students to get in. majority are female. >> i'm sure they'll get the juicy stuff one way or another somewhere along the line during the semester. the internet, not only is it paula faris' one-year anniversary on "world news now," the internet turned 30 today. >> congratulations, al gore. >> yes, al gore must be very proud. >> he invented the internet. >> what would the world be without the internet? this started on january 1st, 1983. it was known as flag day. i won't dazzle you with all this stuff. but it started with the defense department scenario and grew to what it is today. 30 years old. happy birthday to the internet. >> should we sing happy birthday to the internet now? >> no. >> we have al gore on speed dial. we should get him on the phone and see if he can reflect on this wonderful occasion. >> if you don't know, he has
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this morning on "world news now," the deal is done. the house passes a measure to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> but the battle is not over. it is wednesday, january 2nd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. i'm paula faris on this second day of 2013. >> i'm john muller in for rob nelson. that deal keeps tax cuts in place for americans making less than $400,000 a year. but lawmakers delayed a decision on spending cuts, and that will set up a whole new fight. >> this is going to drag on for a while. and we'll have more on the compromise in just a minute, but first, a look at some of the other stories we're following for you this wednesday morning.
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the children of sandy hook return to school this week, but not to the scene of that horrific tragedy. how their old classrooms have been meticulously re-created down to the crayons left on the students' desk. really a remarkable effort by everybody in that community. we'll tell you some surprise visitors they're going to have, as well. a triumphant comeback. espn host hannah storm returning to television less than a month after a horrific accident. she opens up to abc about an explosion that left her seriously hurt. you know you make new year's resolutions that takes will power and support to succeed. but did you know there are people betting against you? doesn't that sound horrible? >> it must be a whole industry catering to new year's resolutions. >> yes, we'll tell you who they are and why in the world anyone would want to bet against you. are there any good people left in the world? >> yeah, there are. a few. >> that's why we don't make new year's resolutions. >> did you make one? >> no.
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>> i just said not to be so lame again and work on new year's. >> so you made one. >> yeah. first, congress has kicked off 2013 by finally closing the deal to reel the country back in from the fiscal cliff. >> the house voted on a measure that will spare most americans from a big tax hike, but there are still big economic issues looming. abc's karen travers is in washington with the latest. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, paula. good morning, john. it wasn't pretty. neither party got what they wanted, and they didn't even get it done on time. but last night, congress sent president obama a deal on the fiscal cliff. after months of drama and some tense last-minute negotiations, congress finally passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. after the vote, a rare late-night statement from president obama. >> this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody. >> reporter: lawmakers completely blew their deadline.
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they didn't get the grand bargain that both parties claimed was their ultimate goal. both democrats and republicans gave themselves credit for getting something done. >> this is a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. this is a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: there was considerable hand ringing among republicans about a lack of spending cuts. some wanted to add them in, but ultimately, there just weren't enough votes to get it passed. this fiscal cliff deal which passed the senate with overwhelming bipartisan support would extend tax cuts for all workers earning less than $400,000 a year, prevent a tax hike on estates valued at less than $5 million, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire yesterday for some 2 million people. since congress missed the january 1st midnight deadline, technically the country did go over the fiscal cliff. but by passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones.
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in just two months, they're going to have to deal with the automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> we get to look forward to so much more. victims of hurricane sandy will have to wait longer for help. lawmakers did not vote on a measure to provide aid to people affected by the storm. that vote could come later this week. the senate has already okayed more than $60 billion to the region, but many house republicans say the price tag is too high and includes too much pork. secretary of state clinton spending her fourth day in the hospital being treated for a blood clot. chelsea clinton has been at her mother's bedside and tweeted, thank you for all sending good thoughts my mom's way. grateful to her doctors and that she'll make a full recovery. it is still not clear how soon clinton will be able to go home. overseas now and gunman in northwest pakistan have ambushed a van killing five pakistani teachers and two health workers. all but one were women. they were working for a private
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pakistani aid group whose director believes they were targeted for their anti-polio work. militants have long accused aid workers of spying for the u.s., and extremists have also launched attacks in opposition to female education. a new year's celebration came to a tragic end in the west african nation of the ivory coast. more than 60 people were killed in a stampede after a fireworks show, and 200 others were hurt. thousands of revelers were leaving a stadium when the crowd surged forward crushing dozens of people. police are still trying to determine what set off that stampede. police in paris trying to crack their case. a new year's eve caper, a brazen robbery of the city's biggest apple store. while police were busy handling the crowds celebrating the arrival of 2013, four masked gunmen carried out what appeared to be a carefully planned heist, making off with about $1.3 million worth of iphones and ipads. the governor of pennsylvania intends to sue the ncaa over
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sanctions imposed against penn state after the jerry sandusky scandal. the sanctions, which were agreed to by the university in july, include a $60 million fine that would be used to finance child abuse prevention grants. we'll get more details at a news conference later today. but the republican governor there will file this. it's going to be an anti-trust suit against the ncaa. really the problem that the state has is that $60 million is going to be spent outside of the state of pennsylvania. they want that to be spent within the state. in terms of the ncaa and a precedent, they don't have a very good record against anti-suit trusts. last time this happened in '81, it took three years to resolve, so could be a long time for this to get hammered out. >> you just feel bad for the students that go to penn state. it's one thing that maybe the people at the university that are in positions of power, but the students are suffering, and they didn't have anything to do with this. >> everybody suffering in this. just an unfortunate situation to
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begin with. let's talk about police in san jose, california, spending part of new year's day dealing with a tense standoff, facing a naked man armed with a samurai sword and loaded ak-47. more than two dozen officers surrounded the man who kept yelling, you're going to have to kill me. a couple hours into the confrontation he finally ran, fell over a fence and finally surrendered. students from sandy hook elementary get ready to head back to class tomorrow on thursday for the first time since the shooting nearly three weeks ago. families have been dropping by the new school. an open house is scheduled today. the school superintendent says teachers are going to make tomorrow as normal a school day as possible. that's going to be really tough. parents are invited. one parent per household. they can hang out on thursday, the first day of school, in the auditorium. but they're bringing in these comfort canines from chicago to help just give these kids and those in the community a sense of peace.
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these canines were actually there right immediately after the tragedy so they're coming back. making that trek across the country. >> they say dogs can lower stress. but the teachers snapped photographs of the classrooms. so they re-created them from the photograph. >> this was a junior high previously. chalk hill was a junior high. so they stripped down everything, even the bathrooms to try to replicate. junior high rest rooms look a lot different than elementary schools. so just trying to make those students as comfortable as possible. >> our thoughts with them, no doubt about that. you saw the ball drop in times square right here at abc last night, but did you catch the possum drop? >> possum drop? tell me about that. >> yeah, it's in north carolina. took place in western north carolina. not far from asheville. >> apparently in the past they put a live possum in the box with a slow ride down. slow ride, but animal rights groups forced a change this year and organizers agreed to use a substitute. or did they? >> it don't matter what's in the box. nobody knows what's in the box,
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and they had just as much fun. >> some suggested that organizers used road kill or a stuffed animal. how did that tradition originate? >> the box moves rather slow. >> it's a five-foot drop and a slow drop. >> is there no ventilation? what is really the trauma there? >> i don't know what the point is. but hey, it entertains, right? we do some strange things on new year's. >> traditions are a good thing. coming up, a remarkable recovery to tell you about. >> espn anchor hannah storm returns to television less than a month after a horrific accident. up next, she opens up about her pain and healing. you're watching "world news now." before the sneeze, help protect with a spray.
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♪ welcome back, everyone. yesterday, it marked a comeback of sorts for espn anchor hannah storm. >> she hosted the rose parade three weeks after a propane explosion set her on fire. abc's david muir talked with hannah about the accident and how she's feeling now. >> can you take us back to that night?
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you were grilling outdoors, as you would on a typical night, getting dinner ready for the family. >> i went outside to light a propane grill. i went back inside. went back out to see how hot the grill was and the flames had been blown out. the cover of the grill was open so i assumed, logically, as i guess most people would be, that there wouldn't be any gas in the air. propane is heavier than air and especially in cold air, it tends to sit on top of the grill and pool inside and underneath the grill. so the second i relit the flame, after i had turned the gas off, i relit the flame and it was a wall of fire, a huge explosion. so much force that it blew the doors of the grill off. >> you said the explosion was so loud, a neighbor thought a tree had come through their house? >> a neighbor clear across the street thought that a tree had fallen through his roof. that's how loud the explosion was. and it happened in a split second. and immediately i was on fire. so my hair was on fire.
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my chest and the whole top of my shirt was on fire. i didn't know what to do other than i'm left-handed, reach and just get the shirt off of me as quickly as possible. so that's why my hand is so badly damaged. i yelled inside to my 15-year-old daughter, who was in the kitchen, mommy's on fire. you have to call 911. >> and she came outside, i know she was one of the people who was with you every step of the way. >> i told her i was on fire. i asked her to call 911. like all teenagers, she picks up her cell phone and calls 911. >> i know you went to the hospital and it wasn't until the next day you had a chance to see yourself. >> right. the skin was burned. there were red flame marks up my neck. you can tell where the flames had, you know, been licking up on my -- on my neck, and i was very disfigured and, you know, without hair, eyelashes, eyebrows.
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it was a sight to behold. >> you look as beautiful as ever, but i know this was a tough road and you had a whole team that helped you get ready for this broadcast. >> i had the access to -- i spent an hour in hair and makeup this morning. i have on false eyelashes. this is all fake hair. when the makeup artist brushed an eyebrow on me, i almost stood up and kissed her this morning. but it is a long, hard road for burn victims. i was by far the most fortunate person in my burn unit. >> i wanted to go back to the grill. you mentioned that you had turned the propane off, which would sound to me like what anyone should do. so what more could you have done to have prevented it? >> if your grill has been lit, but the igniter did not light for a period of time, the chances are very good that there is still a lot of propane still sitting in the area. so just turning it off and relighting your grill isn't sufficient. you have to wait a long period of time for all of that propane
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to dissipate before you would try to reignite your grill. >> you've been amazing in turning this into a blessing and how well you've recovered and you have a whole new year ahead of you. >> thanks. and happy new year to you, david. >> her first assignment since that accident december 11th. she said she wants to return to "sportscenter" on sunday. she's not really sure if she's quite ready but this is like the first step towards the next step. >> she's always been a remarkable lady in my opinion. three weeks and she's back working and smiling and telling the story. what a tough lady. >> an important lesson for any of us that have a propane tank. >> for all of us guys sharing our propane tank stories. nothing quite like that. i guess everybody's got one. >> it does frighten me. something very bad could go wrong. that's why we have a charcoal grill. >> like i did one time, you forget -- the cover is down and then the flame goes out and you forget all that gas is
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underneath the cover. you light it and you get blown back. nothing quite that bad but it's a very good point. you have to let it dissipate. turning it off is not enough. >> heavier than air. good lesson for everybody. thankfully she was able to walk away with, you know, with -- i don't want to say minor injuries but -- >> she'll recover. >> nonlife-threatening injuries. so kudos to her. still ahead if you were looking for a good way to wake up yesterday morning, there's a group in coney island you might want to meet. >> they took their traditional polar bear plunge. but this year they did it with a new sense of purpose. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ a lot of people were cold as ice after this next story. we see this every year, those really crazy swimmers who, despite the freezing
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temperatures, insist on stripping down and jumping into the nearest body of frigid water. >> never understood this, but yesterday in coney island, one group did it very good reason. here's matt cozar from wnbc. ♪ it's a brand new year >> reporter: if you didn't know it was new year's, you might think it was halloween if you were on the coney island boardwalk. >> unbelievable experience. >> reporter: popeye, cleopatra and this guy are here to plunge into the atlantic, part of the coney island polar bear club. the oldest winter bathing group in the country. but this year's annual new year's day swim takes on a special significance after superstorm sandy badly damaged coney island and its famous boardwalk. money raised from the swim will go to a nonprofit called coney recovers. >> what we're aiming to do with the funds raised today in partnership with the polar bear club is help out not for profits in the area.
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>> reporter: as for these arctic athletes, each has their own strategy for diving into the frigid waters. >> you've got to run in place to get warmed up, and we like to love and hug and kiss and get all warm and fuzzy and then we jump right in. >> reporter: after a few minutes of psychological gamesmanship, it's time. this army of self-proclaimed polar bears runs towards its nemesis, the ocean. >> it's a lot better if you dunk your head in really fast. it's like ripping a band-aid off. >> reporter: another year, another plunge. >> every day is a new year. yeah! >> reporter: in coney island, matt cozar, channel 7, eyewitness news. >> he wins the best outfit. dressed up like a scottish bagpiper. >> now the polar bear club, it's the oldest winter bathing organization in the u.s. they swim in the atlantic every sunday from november through april. >> that guy said it best. it's like ripping off a band-aid, which i wouldn't want to do either.
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. ♪ that is a live picture of times square. quite a different scene from -- >> 24 hours ago. >> yes. >> loaded with confetti. >> they do a great job cleaning it up, don't they? >> they clean that thing up so fast. they clean it up in a matter of hours. >> it is amazing. much different scene there. much different scene here, as well. we had hats and all of our gear on. >> it was a fun night. >> it was a really fun night. we had nonalcoholic champagne. we should clarify. >> we had the good kind afterwards. at least that's our story and we're sticking to it. >> we all do it. we make new year's resolutions that we keep for the month of january and we're done. >> it takes a lot of will power and support to make it happen. but believe it or not, some
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people are betting against you. here's abc's matt gutman. >> three, two, one. happy new year! >> reporter: no sooner had the new year's ball dropped and up popped jessica simpson. one of the very first ads of the new year. >> because when a weight loss program is built for human nature, you can expect amazing. >> reporter: our resolutions, more personal. about 40% of americans make these promises. >> i was going to try to be nicer to my brother. >> not complaining as much. >> take more risks in life. >> reporter: by some counts, a third of these promises are broken before the end of january. not so amazing. the perennial top two resolutions are increasing exercise and decreasing your weight. it's a $66 billion a year industry. do they continue with the programs they start? >> there are some people that do, but there's a group that's consistently inconsistent. >> reporter: market analysts show that gym memberships peak
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in january, and by march, they plummet. in fact, one study shows 80% of new members become no members after just eight weeks. >> it's a lifestyle change. i hope i can make it. >> reporter: to succeed at the gym and beyond, experts say keep the resolutions small, and think about keeping them to yourself. because the satisfaction you get from that new year's day announcement to friends and family could sap your motivation. do you have any resolutions this year? >> no, not to make any. >> reporter: probably sound advice. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> looks like i'm pretty unimaginative. i'm trying to eat better and drop a few i've gained over the holidays. >> i just want to spend more time in the fun in the sun with the palm trees. >> it's a drag to go to the gym you normally go to in january and it's triple the amount of people there. >> that's why i don't go. you don't have to worry about seeing me there. >> all year you don't go?
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this morning on "world news now," bungee bounce-back from the fiscal cliff. the house passes the senate's fiscal deal and sends it to the president. >> the final late night vote came after months of drama and debate and some last-minute doubts. it is wednesday, january 2nd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller. rob nelson has the morning off. >> and i'm paula faris. and finally, the country has a fiscal deal in place. but both sides came out bruised. we'll have the latest from washington in a moment and why this is just the beginning of the debate. >> this is not going away for a long time. also this half hour, day four in the hospital for hillary clinton. we'll have an update on the secretary of state's condition. and then a parade of love. one family's new year's surprise
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at the tournament of roses parade that is now our favorite story of the day. and later, the new year beginning with a bang for hugh hefner, no pun intended. >> did you write that? >> the 86-year-old playboy founder just married his 26-year-old girlfriend. do the math, everybody, that's 60 years. >> oh, brother. >> the secrets of the ceremony coming up in "the skinny." i just can't -- ewww. >> what are you going to say about that? >> i don't know. it's love, right? >> that's what they claim. all right. let's talk about the fiscal cliff. but first, taking the country right to the brink over the fiscal cliff. congress has passed a deal to prevent steep tax hikes for most americans. >> a late-night vote in the house means that part of the fiscal crisis has been averted. but there's new trouble down the road. abc's karen travers watching it all in washington. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, paula. good morning, john. it wasn't pretty. neither party got what they wanted, and they didn't even get it done in time.
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but last night congress sent president obama a deal on the fiscal cliff. after months of drama and some tense last-minute negotiations, congress finally passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. after the vote, a rare late-night statement from president obama. >> under this law, more than 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up. >> reporter: lawmakers completely blew their deadline. they didn't get the grand bargain both parties claimed was their ultimate goal. both democrats and republicans gave themselves credit for getting something done. >> this is a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. this is a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: there was considerable hand ringing among republicans about a lack of spending cuts. some wanted to add them in, but ultimately there weren't enough votes to get it passed. this fiscal cliff deal, which passed the senate with
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overwhelming bipartisan support, would extend tax cuts for all workers earning less than $400,000 a year, prevent a tax hike on estates valued at less than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits that were set to expire yesterday for some 2 million people. since congress missed the january 1st midnight deadline, technically the country did go over that fiscal cliff. but by passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> so basically they just worked out the tax code here. they've got the spending cuts coming up in the next couple of months. but republicans in the house didn't really like it. they voted just about 2-1 against it. but this gives them a little leverage coming up when they start negotiating for the spending cuts. i thought it was interesting,
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two that did vote for it, unlikely, the speaker of the house, john boehner, and former vice presidential candidate paul ryan voted for the bill. against it, marco rubio. so that sets up a nice dynamic for 2016. >> no doubt about it. to put it very simple, they kicked the can down the road a little bit. we're going to catch back up with it and deal with it again. >> one other quick note, i think everybody will take a little bit of a hit because the expiration of the payroll tax cut. that's going to have a little bit of an impact on middle class families that earn $50,000 to $75,000 a year. $75,000 they would see their rate rise 1.3% to 17.1. so because of the expiration of that, might see a little bit of a difference in your pay. let's talk about another big story. students from sandy hook elementary getting ready to head back to class tomorrow for the first time since that shooting nearly three weeks ago. families have already been dropping by the new school. an open house is scheduled for today. experts say parents are probably more worried about the return to
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school than the students are. an offshore oil rig has run aground off the alaskan coast. the rig owned by shell. it broke away from a tow ship during a powerful storm monday night. the entire crew was evacuated safely before it washed up on the rocky shoreline. rocky we should stress there. but the rig was carrying more than 150,000 gallons of diesel and other petroleum products. so far, thankfully, no signs of a spill despite washing up on that rocky ground. >> wow. secretary of state clinton spending a fourth day in the hospital as doctors treat a blood clot near her brain. former president clinton and their daughter chelsea have been at her bedside. it's not clear when clinton will be released or how much down time she will need to recover or whether she will consider retiring. >> she deserves a year off to reassess, to get healthy, and to think seriously about a possibility of a run. >> now the secretary is reportedly in good spirits, engaging with doctors, her staff and her husband.
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there's nobody tougher. if anybody can lick this thing, it's her. >> 65 years old and everybody speculating 2016. but you have to wonder, the most traveled secretary of state in history, you have to wonder if this puts things in perspective for her. is her health -- >> she's been saying a long time she wants time off. she's ready to step back. so, yeah, she felt it. >> she had a blood clot, i don't know, was it 15 years ago? so this isn't the first time she's had this situation. i think for her, it's going to make her think about it. >> she deserves a break. maybe replenish that well and who knows? could be in 2016. now to a major study about the risks of carrying a few extra pounds in the new year. researchers found people slightly overweight had less risk of dying than people of average weight. they found other factors like high cholesterol were far more important in predicting death than weight alone. the findings were true for those only slightly overweight, not
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those deemed obese. to a developing story from los angeles. the photographer trying to shoot pictures of justin bieber's ferrari was hit by another car and killed last night. the singer was not driving the car at the time. it's not clear who was. the ferrari was pulled over for a traffic stop. the photographer tried to get that shot when he was struck by an oncoming car and killed. the nation's first known legal recreational pot club has already shut its doors. white horse inn in southern colorado town of del norte closed yesterday because of a landlord dispute. colorado voters in november legalized use and limited possession of marijuana. the measure bans public consumption but doesn't prevent members-only groups smoking. >> the interesting thing about marijuana is it's more fun because the government says don't do it. just like anything. the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest. but it's larger than marijuana. this is about basic freedom.
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>> the landlord of the pot club didn't like all the publicity it was generating. >> so the landlord smoked them out? >> there you go. here's your wednesday weather. light snow from the dakotas to the great lakes, including duluth, des moines and chicago. showers and thunderstorms from southern texas to jacksonville, savannah and charleston, south carolina. the coldest morning of the season is in the northeast. >> lucky northeast. new york and boston, doesn't even warm up to the freezing mark. mostly 20s from detroit to fargo. 30s in the pacific northwest. much of the world watched as the ball dropped in times square. partygoers in key west rang in their new year with their eyes peeled on something almost as dazzling. >> thousands of people gathering in the florida resort to watch the annual shoe drop. it's a flashy drag queen named sushi lowered to the street in a giant red stiletto. sushi has been starring in the shoe drop since 1996. she makes a special dress each year which isn't revealed until the countdown.
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everybody has their traditions. >> ever been to key west? it's a hoot. >> she looks like a lime. >> like a key lime. that's the color she's going for. >> you been to key west? >> many times. >> a fun place to be. coming up next, our favorite story of the day. >> the amazing surprise for a soldier's family in front of a national audience. if you saw this, it's worth seeing again. if you haven't seen it, make sure you stick around, coming up on "world news now." the truth about mascara is... it clumps.
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♪ baby, what a big surprise right before my very eyes ♪ you're digging the chicago, i know you secretly are. >> i have like all their albums. a moving moment at the tournament of roses parade. >> a soldier home from afghanistan stopped the parade with a surprise that had the crowd cheering. this one is our favorite story of the day. and abc's david muir has the amazing reunion. >> reporter: merriam pazz and her 4-year-old son eric had flown from germany back home to the states to california. mom and son living in germany while dad is deployed in afghanistan. they thought they had won a contest to come home and the
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prize, a trip to the rose bowl parade. >> what did you have to do to win? >> my husband entered his name, i guess. i just got a call letting me know that we won. >> he's a soldier stationed in afghanistan? >> yes, he's in afghanistan right now. >> reporter: or so she thought. her husband, sergeant first class eric pazz, was right there at the parade, on the float, proudly wearing his uniform. making his way toward them. as mom and her 4-year-old son were posing for a picture, they then turn around and that 4-year-old looks up, making his way right over to the arms of his father. >> it was a really great experience. the first thing i thought is i hope she's not going to slap me for lying to her. and seeing our son's face and how he reacted, you know, i was really caught up in the moment. >> reporter: a family together again. just in time for the new year. they hadn't seen each other in seven months. david muir, abc news, new york. >> i can't get enough of these stories.
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>> the amount of planning. they said this was in the works for like six months. the little boy looked up at his dad and says, does this mean you're back for good? he said we'll discuss it later. he's actually returning to afghanistan later this week. >> that boy looked so happy. it's not easy to make a 4-year-old smile for that long. they get so distracted. he was just thrilled. when they rode away on that float, he was still smiling. >> a fantastic surprise. they did a great job coordinating all that. always brings a tear to your face. >> no doubt about it. when we come back, we're going to see what's in "the skinny." >> you're watching "world news now."
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> skinny is in the house. and this is a story that i think every man will appreciate. but at least it gives me a little bit of a creep factor. >> this creeps me out, too. >> hugh hefner, he's 86 years old, married his fiance, 26-year-old crystal harris. they got married on new year's eve. >> he's doing his thing. >> he's doing his thing, but it's a creepy thing. 60-year age difference. how old are you, willis? >> old enough to do my thing. >> old enough to do your thing? >> willis likes the idea big time.
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>> if you're 60 years old, your wife is just born basically. let's put that in perspective. but instead of having the 300 guest blowout they planned in 2011 and she pulled the plug because she had cold feet, they only had about two dozen guests. he tweeted, crystal and i married on new year's eve with keith as my best man. i love that girl. she changed her name on twitter to crystal hefner. she explained after they reconciled in june why they got back together. she said i moved into the mansion when i was young. i was 21 or 22. i needed to explore and take the time away and it made me realize where i'm meant to be is here with hef. it's her first marriage and his third. what will last longer, the marriage or do you think he's going to kick the bucket? >> i was wondering the same thing. >> willis loves it. willis is all about it. >> willis, what can you do at 86 years old? willis is the man. how about this one?
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adam lambert, ripping "les mis" the movie. a lot of people really like what they saw. adam lambert from "american idol" fame saying that he was not impressed with a lot of the singing and some of his tweets basically say to the effect, it's an opera. hollywood's movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. what else did he say? he said, visually impressive with great emotional performances, but the score suffered with great actors pretending to be singers. lambert is a great singer, but from what i've heard from the people who have seen it is one of the things that made this charming is the fact that the singers weren't like real slick professionals. they sort of had a real quality that a lot of viewers liked. adam wasn't impressed. >> he wasn't impressed but he said in fairness, i don't mean to be extremely negative, but i grew up with this musical so my expectations are quite high. i understand from his perspective. but for the average viewer, the average fan that goes to see this, we appreciate it because we know that, you know, hugh jackman and ann hathaway, it's
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their vocals. >> isn't russell crowe in this? >> he is. >> that's what surprised me. i don't know how he sounded, but if russell crowe sang anywhere near on key, i'd be charmed. >> we'll go see it. not together. >> not together? >> maybe a double date. >> we can do something like that, sure. so lady gaga is going on tour. she's beginning her tour january 11th in vancouver, and she's going to hit some big cities. but she's also going to offer free health counseling and mental health care because she's a big advocate of anti-bullying. there's the bus right there. says born to be brave. it will be free. there will be food and games. it's access to professional, private or group chats about mental health. she says, i feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed, so they're going to break the stigmas around help and make it fun. she says it's going to be a fun tailgating experience for her monsters to unite.
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again, her tour begins january 11th. but the born this way tour and that's the born brave bus that you just saw. >> the born brave bus, there you go. rihanna and chris brown, controversial for sure. they woke up in a new bed together. they let everyone know that they were together. they subtly let everyone know they were together. they sent out a tweet. good morning, this is from rihanna. still haven't slept. lol. she had that picture of her polka dot comforter. that's the key piece of evidence there. >> the polka dot what? >> it's the same polka dot comforter that chris brown sent a tweet from and he said, good morning. >> i couldn't figure out the angle. >> so put two and two together and figure out it's the same comforter. >> two and two makes four. and another tattoo for justin bieber makes nine. he debuted a new -- his newest artwork.
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♪ happy anniver ♪ happy anniversary happy anniversary happy anniversary happy anniversary ♪ a very special day here at "world news now." our esteemed colleague's one-year anniversary on the show. congratulations, paula. >> i can't believe -- >> one year of no sleep. >> one year of no sleep. >> and you're still alive. >> so you're going to have a chance to see what i looked like when i was sleeping about a year ago and see all my many different hairdos. it's been a great year filled with a lot of highs and a lot of love. >> let's watch some and then we'll get a reaction from you. >> welcome. so great to have you. >> thank you. >> we're going to have some fun. >> that's right. that's what it's all about. >> ready to rock? >> cheers. >> hi. ♪ from chicago, now she's here ♪ our new "world news now" is
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here ♪ ♪ it's the paula polka >> you've been doing that for weeks. that is not it. >> it's a hump. can't you just respect my hump. >> i'm a professional eater. ♪ >> come on. >> i'll take a bite. >> you've got to wrap your mouth around that. >> thank you so much. >> now here's a soft shell. i think we should make a double decker and eat them both. >> i've already had a few. excuse me. [ belching ] ♪ i want to walk but i run back to you ♪ ♪ i hate myself for loving you >> oh, paula faris. >> i actually love myself for loving you. rob and i relived a little bit
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of our youth, getting into the prom spirit. >> believe it or not, that is paula wearing her actual prom dress. that is my god-awful dancing. >> it was bad. you saw i ripped a seam and had to use orange gapper tape just to get it on. >> a beautiful couple. a beautiful photo. reliving some good memories. and some wonderful hairstyles on top of that. >> congratulations, paula. one year. >> we established that i liked to eat food. >> yeah, we established that. i think we have some for you, too. bring it on out. >> rob is a lucky guy. >> what would a party be without some more food, right? >> bring it on in. >> come on in, you guys. that's so sweet. did you make this for me? >> i did, in my kitchen. with the help of these guys. >> i just want to say thank you. it's been a wonderful year. so memorable. i've grown. i've learned. i've gained a little weight. my hair's shorter. it's longer. and i love all of you. >> love you too, paula. >> thank you, guys.
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breaking news overnight, finally, a deal. >> congress passing a bill to avoid the most serious impacts of the fiscal cliff. the president speaking just before midnight. next year, new location. the students of sandy hook elementary head back to the classroom this week, with much being done to ease the transition. hannah is healing. returning to the air after being badly burned. what it took to get her ready for the rose parade. and no excuses. if you're headed to the gym this morning, keep an eye out for gertrude, still power walking and pedaling after 101 years.